Right before Covid hit, I shared the countdown to my photo shoot. Lucky for me, I was able to get in the photo shoot and the photo selection before the shutdown. So why have I waited so long to share the outcome? Like so many of you, I was in shock, hibernation, and then adaptation mode for the past few months. I just wasn’t ready to present myself too much. But now I am.
Who cares, it’s just a bunch of pics, right? But for me, this was an emotionally complex process. I’ve always felt uncomfortable getting my pictures taken. I am a ham in front of a video camera, but when it comes to still photos, I freeze up and always look unhappy, uncomfortable, and unlike me. And let’s face it, we are a visual culture now. We speak in pictures. They matter. As a woman who writes about beauty, and relies on it somewhat — for better or worse, I really wanted my pictures to capture me at my best. More than that, I wanted them to capture who I am and my personality. I wanted them to express my growth as a woman, professional, and human being.
I held off for YEARS getting my next round of shots. I was afraid to commit the time and resources to photos that could end up horrible. But when I saw a post by a former advertising colleague, Rebecca Rehder, about her portrait studio, June4thstudio, I was intrigued. Upon meeting and chatting about the shoot, I immediately knew she was the ONE. She truly tried to understand my expectations, my goals, and how to showcase my best assets. She recognized that I was on a new journey professionally, and how I wanted to “show up” as a mix of thought leader, creative and fun. In a nutshell, she creates Empowering Editorial Portraiture. So I went for it.
Rebecca uniquely combines her background as an advertising strategist and her photography talent to create magic. She tries to capture a person’s essence, her power, and her many layers of beauty. To hear more about her special technique watch our chat below.
For a selection of our shots, see gallery below: